Warehouse worker fired for using drugs, alcohol on company property

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By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today

An Ontario company had just cause to fire an employee who was observed using drugs and alcohol on its property during an investigation into the problem, the Ontario Arbitration Board has ruled.

World Kitchen Canada is a United States-based manufacturer of kitchen products with operations in Ontario.

In early 2006, the company learned of “widespread” drug and alcohol use at its warehouse in Niagara Falls, Ont., which was a serious violation of its rule prohibiting the consumption or possession of such substances on its property. This was of particular concern, since shipper/receivers operated forklifts moving heavy loads. Safe operations of the forklifts was a “major concern” to both World Kitchen and its workers.